Duncan speaks to audiences about adaptability, innovation and creative leadership through the narrative of music.


He draws on his twenty years’ experience as a professional jazz musician, educator and composer, offering a rich variety of stories and actionable strategies that people can apply back to their life and work.

He shares what it takes to manage creative and complex challenges, how to build the ultimate collaborative team and what music can teach us about leadership.

Duncan has spoken to audiences from leading organisations including Google, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, and McKinsey and in countries throughout the world including India, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, UK, Vietnam.

His sessions are entertaining, engaging and often interactive, with the option of a jazz group performance and other interactive music experiences.

From writing music for major television networks like HBO & Discovery Channel to teaching students how to improvise and navigating through jam sessions in cities where no one speaks the same language, I have many insightful and inspiring stories to tell that help motivate and inspire audiences.

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Speaking Topics

Keynotes with the stix Symphony session. Duncan’s keynotes can be standalone or together with some of the interactive experiences to add full momentum.

Adaptability & Change: Embracing diversity is the key to innovation in music.
Collaboration: The collaborative ecosystem of a self-governed music industry.
Creative Leadership: Music is a product of its leadership
Engagement in Education: Developing a virtuoso creates a leader, empowering a group creates a community.
Managing Complexity: The freedom of boundaries.

Queries & Bookings

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Partial Speaking List

Standard Chartered Bank
HRO Summit Asia
MindShare CEO Conference
Google JAPAC Conference
Prime Ministers Office, Singapore
Commonwealth Bank Australia
IDC CIO Summit
Airtel CEO
Conference on Fair Employment, Singapore
Bath & Northeast Somerset Council (BANES), UK
Media Development Authority Singapore
Vodafone UK
Emerson Process Management
SingTel Business Planning Conference
IBM ASEAN Leadership Summit
Vestas Global Leadership Conference
Energizer Holdings Global Leaders Conference

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About Duncan McKee

I'm a jazz pianist, television composer & educator. I share the stage with some of the worlds best musicians.

I compose soundtracks for television networks such as HBO and The Discovery Channel and I also write for my own trio The Duncan McKee Trio and multi-cultural group Tembusu.

I'm fascinated by music and its collaborative effect on people. When I'm not on stage playing music I'm very often on stage talking about it.



  • Nico Balschuweit, Manager Sales Learning and Development

    FedEx Express Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa

    "The session was excellent and will be remembered for a long time. You brought the energy of our team to a different level. We all enjoyed it. Well done and thank you again!!"

  • Simon Lau, Head of Leadership Development, Group Learning and Talent Development

    Standard Chartered Bank

    “I have worked with Duncan on numerous occasions to support large scale leadership development events. He brings a unique energy to the way he engages with the audience to provide a leadership and team experience out of the ordinary. His natural passion for music comes across clearly as he translates this into his work."

  • Rosina Wickart, Senior Director, Commercial Procurement EMEA

    Johnson & Johnson

    "We engaged Duncan and his stix programme to help build conversations within our group. We were looking for a unique way to improve the team’s performance and build on communication. The result was a fully-engaging and insightful meeting that shifted our perceptions of what was achievable. Duncan challenged our ideas of leadership and teamwork, and we could not have predicted such positive results."

  • Nick Hutton, CMO


    "stix was a revelation - everything that we hoped for happened … high energy, motivation, teambuilding, dynamism, no cultural boundary and fun - everyone enjoyed the STIX experience so much that it was voted the top session at the conference."

  • Stephanie Cross-Wilson, CEO


    "Thanks again for an outstanding performance yesterday.  It was just brilliant.  You are really lucky being able to have a career in something that you clearly love doing - and it shows in the quality of the work that you do."